Police in east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
A community organizer in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan who was
accused of violently attacking another Silwan resident was arrested on Monday
afternoon, a day before his house arrest was set to end.
Jawad Siyam, the
director of the Silwan Information Center and the Madaa Community Center in Wadi
Hilweh, was sentenced to five weeks house arrest for attacking another resident
in January. He was set to come before a judge on Tuesday, who was expected to
release him from house arrest and issue Siyam a restraining order to keep him
away from the victim, according to left-wing activist Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, who
attended the court hearing.
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On Monday afternoon, however, Siyam was
rearrested, after police accused him of attacking the same man and violating
conditions of his house arrest.
Siyam’s coworkers called the alleged
attack a “gross fabrication” when he was first arrested, and maintain that he
has alibis for the date of the second alleged attack that prove he is
About 30 activists from the Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement,
which has also been active in Silwan, protested Siyam’s arrest outside the
police station in Jerusalem on Monday afternoon.
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tried to organize a protest outside the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday,
though it did not take place.
On Tuesday, the judge extended Siyam’s
detention until Thursday, at which point the police will have to make a case for
Siyam’s continued detention, or he will be rereleased to house arrest for an
additional five weeks.
Siyam has been a de facto spokesperson for the
neighborhood of Silwan, appearing on foreign news programs like CBS’s 60 Minutes